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Steve started playing drums at the age of 8 and spent much of his teenage years taking private lessons and working hard to develop his skills. Steve then studied at the Trinity College of music in London. At this point they did not have grades specifically for the drum kit so he had to study tuned percussion as well – despite this he passed all of his grades with honours and distinctions. Interestingly, over his years of teaching and entering his own students for their music exams Steve has never had a student fail.

After spending some time playing with bands and teaching, he took on some professional theatre work “pit drumming”. This opened doors to high profile recording sessions and touring work and Steve relocated to France where he took a job with a Paris based music Agency. He then spent the next few years touring extensively as a session player working with some of the industries top names. He was often booked by European TV stations to back artists such as Ray Charles & Joe Cocker.

Since moving back to the UK, Steve has gained an exceptional reputation as a successful music teacher working both with Back 2 The Beat and Essex Music services teaching in schools and colleges across the county. Steve is currently the Principle of Back 2 The Beat that run academies throughout Essex, also Exhibition & Tutorial Drum Clinics at schools, colleges and universities around the UK. From September 2006 Steve also began writing a monthly tuition page for Drummer Magazine.

Pictured below is one of Colchester Drum Academy students, Mr Harpal Mudhar, that was mentored by Steve and went on to win the ‘Young Drummer of the Year 2007’








Mr Harpal Mudhar, ‘Young Drummer of the Year 2007′

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